Verso NYC Reviews and Tickets

(116 Ratings)
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Entertaining, Clever, Masterful, Absorbing, Funny

About the Show

Amazing Theatricals presents one of the world’s top magic artists, Helder Guimarães, in his brand-new show.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (116)

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120 Reviews | 12 Followers
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Masterful, Riveting

See it if You like illusions/magic

Don't see it if There is no reason not to see Verso when it comes back to NYC

290 Reviews | 92 Followers
Absorbing, Masterful, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if Helder is so versatile in his show "Verso" and shows us so much more than magic. There is nothing slight about his sleight of hand.

Don't see it if Not to be missed even if you're not a fan of magic!

50 Reviews | 16 Followers
Absorbing, Entertaining, Clever, Must see, Riveting

See it if You love magic, mind games and being a part of the show.

Don't see it if You're a skeptic who doesn't enjoy audience participation

62 Reviews | 11 Followers
Absorbing, Masterful, Must see, Riveting, Clever

See it if you love great magic coupled with humor

Don't see it if you don't like to have fun

309 Reviews | 189 Followers
Clever, Absorbing, Entertaining, Masterful, Must see

See it if You want to have your mind blown. There are no missteps in this production. One dazzling trick after another. Loved it.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy magic shows. If you do enjoy them, this is a must see.

154 Reviews | 20 Followers
Entertaining, Must see, Masterful, Thought-provoking, Magical!

See it if you want to see a flipping amazing magic show where you have no clue how he does the tricks! It's baffling.

Don't see it if you want to see a standard play or musical. Or a freaked out by magic. But it really was amazing.

97 Reviews | 13 Followers
Penn & teller have a rival!, Clever, Entertaining, Masterful

See it if you like extremely high quality card tricks and mind reading, in a small theater, with a fair amount of humor

Don't see it if you absolutely hate magicians

183 Reviews | 42 Followers
Clever, Entertaining, Masterful

See it if you enjoy card magic - it will blow your mind!

Don't see it if you're a skeptic and won't enjoy just being in the moment

Critic Reviews (13)

The New York Times
September 28th, 2016

"The fun here is in searching for potential telltale clues and fake-outs as he casually ambles his way from sleight-of-hand flimflam to pseudo-telepathic reads...It’s harder to fill a whole evening when you’re alone onstage, and while it sports some impressive feats, the new show, directed by Rodrigo Santos, feels padded...It’s easy to share his excitement. Not just because the tricks are impressive, but because their buildups are so protracted that the payoff comes as a relief."
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Time Out New York
September 28th, 2016

"Verging on two hours long, including an intermission, it includes what seems like a lot of padding, at a cost to its sense of enchantment...Routines that would be very impressive at a table in a nightclub are less of a wow in a 200-seat theater...Many of the bits are familiar...Although 'Verso' is performed and designed with skill, it evokes more admiration than excitement. Guimarães is great with his fingers, but there aren’t enough new tricks up his sleeve."
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September 28th, 2016

"It almost feels like a seminar on the psychology of the swindle...In a craft as reliant on the suspension of disbelief as magic, it's a ballsy choice to ask viewers to sharpen their BS-detectors, but that's exactly what Guimarães does consistently through this thought-provoking show. Luckily for him, he's an incredibly gifted parlor magician...With 'Verso,' Guimarães has created a magic show for our paranoid age...He tells us to trust no one, not even him."
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September 29th, 2016

"The trick here is that Guimarães never seems completely confident that what he's doing is going to work, and when he seems to have been foiled a couple of times, his imperfection adds to the illusion that everything else is real. At two hours, the show does lose steam now and then, especially when Guimarães philosophizes about different realms of reality and what is and isn't possible, but 'Verso' is an engaging charmer providing good clean family fun."
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Talkin' Broadway
September 29th, 2016

"While performing his feats, Guimarães displays a sly confidence that borders on cockiness, but because he does enough to earn it (how did he get the name of a completely random country on the back of that card?!?), he's nonetheless engaging onstage. During the in-between scenes, when he attempts to contextualize his magic, a lot of that rough-edged likability evaporates and he becomes more mechanical...It's just short of the sparkle that separates the very good from the great."
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Theatre is Easy
September 28th, 2016

"Perhaps he could warm up his presentation style. He can come off a little 'Corporate Motivational Speaker' in his delivery of well-practiced anecdotes. When he’s directly interacting with the audience, however, he is generous and friendly...Add Guimarães’s pure technical skill and easy rapport with volunteers to a well-polished, balanced routine of 'mentalist'-type predictions and lie-detector tricks...and 'Verso' is an evening you’ll remember for a very long time."
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Theater Pizzazz
October 7th, 2016

"His philosophical patter is smart enough to intrigue those who ‘get it’ while peppered with colloquialisms to draw in others whose only desire is to be tricked...Two thirds of the somewhat padded evening (buildups are prolonged, some deceptions feel redundant) is occupied with card tricks...Long cons are well utilized with set-ups early on and revelations much later...The evening, if a bit long, is enjoyable; well performed and well directed."
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Stage Buddy
November 22nd, 2016

"You will be stunned, no doubt about it. But there isn’t much to this show beyond being fooled. There is barely a touch of atmosphere, hardly any romance or wonderment. For conjuring to be its most effective it should have a sense of poetry, a raison d’etre...Magic fans should definitely check out this talented performer; he didn’t win that trophy for nothing. But the show’s concept, script and staging do nothing to elevate Guimarães’ performance above that of an evening of bafflement."
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